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Crisp begins rehab work with Class A Stockton

Outfielder recovering from elbow surgery, could rejoin A's next week

ARLINGTON -- The A's hope to have Coco Crisp back in the outfield by the time they return home.

The veteran outfielder, who underwent right elbow surgery four weeks ago, could be activated during the club's 10-game road trip, A's manager Bob Melvin said Friday, prior to the opener of a three-game set with the Rangers.

"I would hope that would be the case," Melvin said.

Crisp joined Class A Advanced Stockton on Friday for batting practice, and he's expected to play with the Ports on Sunday and Monday. He'll rest Tuesday, and the A's will then decide whether he's ready to join the active roster.

Upon his return, Crisp will play left field, and veteran Cody Ross -- 2-for-21 in eight games since joining the A's on April 8 -- will likely be the odd man out.

• A's closer Sean Doolittle made the trip, as the club's staff continues to closely monitor his progress. The left-hander will throw a bullpen session on Sunday and is nearing rehab game action.

Jane Lee is a reporter for
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